Take a hike with regional club
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region in the spring and summer.
They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Today - R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
July 27 - T-Squared Trail, Clinton County, 11 miles, strenuous. The T-Squared trail, named in honor of Tom Thwaites, connects two of Pennsylvania's premier trails. We will access the T2T by hiking in on the Black Forest Trail off Route 44 and end at Hyner Run State Park via the Donut Hole Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220 west of Williamsport. Leaders: Catherine McLaughlin and Ed Lawrence, 925-5285.
July 28: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 4: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 11: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 18: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, 10 miles, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 25: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Discover Cool Chemistry Week at Riverlands
BERWICK - Teaming up with the Da Vinci Science Center, PPL Susquehanna Riverlands is offering two free chemistry programs for children and families from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday.
On Tuesday, children will discover sub-zero chemicals as they shrink balloons, make frozen treats, and design and conduct dry ice investigation with guided techniques. Meet outside at the Riverlands' large pavilion to gain knowledge about matter and phase change.
Have you ever seen a cloud indoors before? Come to the Susquehanna Energy Information Center on Thursday for the Cloudy Day program. Children will create "weather" by exploring the concepts of pressure and temperature with the aid of a bike pump. They'll experiment to determine the best combination of materials and techniques to make a "cloud" appear. Then we'll take a short hike to do some cloud watching.
For more information about these free programs for ages 5 and up, call 1-866-832-3312 or email email@example.com. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Susquehanna Riverlands" then click on "Contacts and Directions."
Enhance your outdoor experiences
WASHINGTONVILLE - Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking to learn new skills to enhance your recreational experiences? Join us from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday for a program intended to suit the needs of outdoor recreational aficionados of every experience level.
We'll cover choosing hiking gear, what to wear in different seasons, hiking safety and "leave no trace" hiking. At the end of this program, participants will have the knowledge and resources necessary to hike and backpack safely and efficiently in every season.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Montour" and then click on "Contacts and Directions." For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trees, birds focus of walk
WATERVILLE - The Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will sponsor a tree identification and bird watching walk around the center's demonstration forest at 1 p.m. Saturday. The walk will be about a half-mile of easy to moderate hiking.
Pamphlets to assist in tree identification and binoculars and field guides will be available to borrow.
For more information, contact Rich Hill at 753-5409, ext. 132, or email@example.com.
Cable-restraint class scheduled
ARNOT - A cable-restraint course will be held at the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, 167 Elm St., from 8 a.m. to noon July 27. Register online at the state Game Commission website.
Free predator trapping and hunting seminars with Darin Freeborough, of Animalistics Outdoors, begin at 1 p.m. He can be seen on The Pursuit Channel.
Sherry Baity will give a coyote calling demonstration, using her own line of calls.
Trapper and Supply dealers Joe Mast and Bill Ford will be on hand.
A free lake fishing trip, guided and donated by Bob Kelly, will be raffled off.
PA Sled Dog Club plans summer campout
MORRIS - The PA Sled Dog Club's summer campout will be held July 27-28 at Twin Stream Campground, 2143 Route 287.
Events include free drag races with bikes, scooters and gigs pulled by sled dogs and followed by a public demonstration about equipment and dogs. For a fee, visitors can watch other demonstrations on topics such as dressing for the weather.
For more information, call Jessica Willoughby at 302-388-5503 or LuWanna Krause at 302-545-9692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
31st nuclear energy seminar for teachers set
BERWICK - Identify the fundamentals of nuclear power from July 29 to Aug. 2 at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands.
The course will provide educators with objective, up-to-date information about nuclear power issues, emerging use of nuclear isotopes in the medical field, and the safe and secure operation of PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant.
The course is taught by Dr. David Simpson, professor at Bloomsburg University, using PPL onsite facilities at the Susquehanna plant as well as off-site field trips. Classes include lectures, discussions, hands-on learning activities, field trips and tours with specialized staff from PPL and other nuclear industry agencies.
The free program will be held at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. For more information, call 1-866-832-3312 or email email@example.com. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Susquehanna Riverlands" then click on "Contacts and Directions."
Billtown Bikers announce photo scavenger hunt
The Billtown Bikers Motorcycle Club will hold its second annual scavenger hunt through the end of July.
Motorcyclists who register will receive a list of locations or sites, all of which can be found somewhere in Pennsylvania. They'll take a photograph of the item, along with their motorcycle and their scavenger hunt registration number and submit it to contest organizers.
Each item or location will be ranked with a particular number of points, and prizes will be given to those who accrue the most points.
About 50 locations and/or items are on the list.
People may sign up at any time and have all month to locate the items on the list.
Proceeds from the hunt will benefit the Lycoming County Special Olympics.
To register, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Eirl Birt at 506-6102 or Curt Cohick at 419-0771.
In addition, the public is invited to learn more about the Billtown Bikers Motorcycle Club at its meetings on the last Tuesday of every month. The club meets for a meal at 6 p.m. at Perkins in Williamsport, and club business begins at 7.
Resort plans running in the dark event
SEVEN SPRINGS - Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's outdoor adventure headquarters, will hold Mud on the Mountain in the Dark on Aug. 17.
The popular adventure race series will present a whole new challenge to participants as they take on 6.42 miles of mountainous terrain, 20 obstacles of varying difficulty and 1,551-feet of elevation gain - in the dark.
"As the region's adventure playground," said Alex Moser, director of marketing, "we are always looking for ways to up the ante on adventure and excitement. It's not unusual to have a 5K or marathon in the dark, but this could be the first adventure race done at night. This race will push participants both physically and psychologically. We can't wait to see how our runners handle this race."
Participants will start the event in 15-minute intervals beginning at 9 p.m. Registration is open to the first 1,500 athletes at $85 per competitor and includes an official Mud on the Mountain technical shirt and an LED headlamp. Registration materials and additional information can be found online at www.mudonthemountain.com. Overnight lodging packages are available, too.
A pre-race and post-race recovery party will be held at the Foggy Goggle where participants, their friends and family can celebrate their accomplishments and unwind by trading battle stories with comrades.
"Seven Springs will be gathering donations of gently used ski and snowboard gear such as coats, gloves, pants, hats and more to benefit two amazing organizations - the Wounded Warrior Patrol and the Somerset County Salvation Army," said Seven Springs Communications Manager Anna Weltz.
Trout Run Park re-dedication planned
TROUT RUN - A re-dedication ceremony of Trout Run Park will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at the park grounds, on Route 14 in Lewis Township, a half-mile south of here.
Visitor can check out the new improvements - a playground, fishing ramp, nature trail and interpretative signs. Sean Farley and Friends will perform live music.
Other activities include casting demos, Pennsylvania Woodmobile tours, door prizes and food vendors. Festivities will end around 4.
Outdoor events sought
Do you have a meeting or outdoor event you'd like to publicize in the Sun-Gazette?
Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.
Information and news releases may be:
Mailed to Outdoor editor, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport PA 17701
Emailed to email@example.com
Dropped off at the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport
Submitted through the Outdoor section of the Virtual Newsroom on the paper's website, www.sungazette.com.
All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.
Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.
Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
For more help, call 326-1551, ext. 3116.